From a Clifford Stoll article published in Newsweek in 1995:
…What the Internet hucksters won’t tell you is that the Internet is one big ocean of unedited data, without any pretense of completeness. Lacking editors, reviewers or critics, the Internet has become a wasteland of unfiltered data. You don’t know what to ignore and what’s worth reading…
Be sure to read the whole thing. How many people do you know that still agree with this?
In older version of Windows, when you were connected to a network, there was a small icon in the system tray that blinked showing network activity. In Windows 7 you just get an icon that shows whether you’re connected, activity or not. To get that icon back just download and install the free Network Activity Indicator for Windows 7 from Igor Tolmachev. I installed it on my home desktop over the weekend and I’ve had blinky goodness ever since.
Igor also has a few other networking tools you might want to check out while you’re there.
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Have you ever thought about how fair it is that folks all around the world have to learn a bit of English just to surf the web? How so, well, have you ever seen a URL not using roman characters? How easy can that be for speakers and readers of Chinese, Russian, Hebrew or Arabic? As of about a week ago, the folks at ICANN have started solving that problem. Here’s the official announcement along with two videos that explain just what this will mean for the Net and how it will work.